Richard Hills at
Burtey Fen Collection
The home music world has been shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Nick Swift of Swift Music at the age of only 57. He was widely known for his unstinting support of organists, organ societies and music festivals throughout the country and the contribution he made is immeasurable.
Nick and his wife Margaret opened their organ, piano and keyboard shop in Bristol in September 2000. Nick had previously run his own business in finance and Margaret had been employed in the civil service. Together they resolved to run the kind of business that they would like to have dealings with themselves, and this approach proved to be highly successful. Those who knew Nick will recall him as a true gentleman who believed in fair trading and unquestioning after-sales support. He became one of the most successful dealers in the country, widely respected by customers, manufacturers and organists alike, and because of his Christian beliefs was especially supportive of churches and church groups. Nick was Chairman of the Bristol Organ Society, and it is a measure of his popularity that in addition he was made President of both the Weston-Super-Mare and South Molton clubs. He was a much-loved father to his three children and became a very proud grandfather for the first time in July this year.
Nick will be remembered for the enormous and lasting contribution he made to the organ, piano and keyboard world and he will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched.
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